“I just wanted to say f**k you,” CM Punk recalls iconic trio against Samoa Joe »FirstSportz
CM Punk and Samoa Joe definitely two of the biggest names in pro wrestling. Unlike many Superstars in the industry, Punk and Joe’s popularity isn’t just limited to a specific promotion. The two have performed in several promotions and have passed each other on a few occasions.
But their showdown in 2004, is considered one of the best ever in the entire industry. This feud led to an iconic trilogy between Punk and Joe, and took place on a stand-alone commercial – Honor Rings. The feud started when Samoa Joe was the ROH world champion. They clashed for the first time at World Title Classic, where the match ended in a draw due to the 60-minute limit to no result.
The two Superstars collided for the second time, a few months later. Surprisingly that match also ended in a draw at 60 minutes, not a single Superstar was able to pin or subdue their opponents. For the final match in this trilogy, an unlimited time rule was added to the match. Joe won and kept his title.
The rivalry recently lasted 17 years and Punk took to Twitter to accuse Joe of being abusive to the referee and even using a rope to pin him down. “17 years ago today Samoa Joe beat me and i just want to say f**k you! I’ve been bleeding and you’re putting your foot on the rope and it’s probably paid off” – Punk tweeted.
CM Punk vs Samoa Joe II is considered as one of the best duel
The second time CM Punk and Samoa Joe collided on October 16, 2004. This match also ended in a time-limited draw after one hour. However, even without producing results, it is still considered one of the best matches in the industry. In fact, it even received a five-star review from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
A match received this rating in the US, for the first time in 7 years. The match took place with good stories, methodical dribbling, technical moves and high flying. Each Superstar continuously elevated the other, and ultimately – to no avail that cemented their legacy as two of the greatest professional wrestlers.
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